Here in Dublin from June to October, I led a tour a tour on 18th century Georgian Architecture, for the wonderful Irish Georgian Society. It is now possible to book this tour on flexible weekday afternoons for private pre-booked groups, such as companies and book clubs. It’s also possible to book the tour for students and young people. In an educational context, the tour is especially suitable for Leaving Certificate History and Art History groups.
For many, Ireland’s capital is synonymous with the Georgian period, c1714-1830, when so many of our great buildings were made. It was an era when the leading citizens, landowners and political classes, felt confident enough to commission magnificent public buildings, vying with London to be seen as a major 18th century European capital.
On our walking tour, we do a little circuit of the southern half of the city centre, looking at some of the best masterpieces of the Dublin Georgian style. There are in fact 2 routes, (Georgian East and Georgian-West) and we alternate these week by week. So on this Wednesday 15th October for example we will go west from the IGS, looking at the splendid old Newcommen Bank, The City Hall/Royal Exchange, the upper yard of Dublin Castle and, very enticingly, and by special, kind arrangement, view both the exterior and the magical, untouched interior (no easily or often accessible,) of Saint Werburgh’s church. This tour also includes views and a discussion of James Gandon’s Four Courts, and of the role of the Wide Streets Commission. The next date fro this particular tour is 2.15 pm Wednesday 15th October. (There will be at least one more,on Wednesday 29th October).
Other Wednesdays we do Georgian East, which takes in the Old Parliament in great details, including the stunning House of Lords, and eighteenth century highlights of Trinity College. The next date fro this particular tour is 2.15pm Wednesday 21st of October and it may be the last of the season. However it is now possible for teachers and schools to book this tour, opn flexible weekday afternoon dates, fro their Leaving Cert History or Art History groups.
We hope to see you on tour some time.
Samuel Brocas: View of College of Surgeon’s, St Stephens Green, one of the stops on our Wednesday walk.
above & below: James Gandon’s Four Courts, one of the highlights of our walk. (photos by the author)
The same building in a view by Samuel Brocas, looking positively Venetian.
A final view by S. Brocas, featuring the old Parliament builings (by Lovett Pearce, Gandon and others, and (to left) Trinity College, with architecture by Sir William Chambers and others. Both places featuring on the IGS tour.
The website again, to view the tour and/or book advance tickets is IGS
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